Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Saturday July 15th marks the midpoint of this, our toastiest month of the summer, so it seems to be a particularly good day to have one of our regular Saturday Afternoon Beer Tastings here at the Old Town Wine Cellar. As usual, we’ll start the proceedings at noon and go until 6 PM, with a typically diverse selection of great American craft brews and imports available to sample for a mere $5 tasting fee. There’s no better way to make the most of a summer weekend afternoon in Yuma. We hope to see you this Saturday!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Salviano 2015 Orvieto Classico (Umbria, Italy) $11.99
This is a slightly modernized version of the classic Umbrian white, with the native Trebbiano and Grechetto grapes bolstered by small additions of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The result is a fresh and satisfying white with more depth and complexity than most Orvietos; a great choice as an aperitif or dinner wine.
Stoller Family 2014 Estate Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills, Oregon) $27.99
Stoller’s Dundee Hills Pinot is made in an elegant, approachable style. The nose offers aromas of brambleberry and cherry along with floral notes of lilac and violets and understated hints of cola and cinnamon. The palate features abundant red fruit flavors, bright acidity and polished tannins, with a rich and lasting finish.
Altovinum Evodia 2014 Garnacha (Aragon, Spain) $11.99
Spanish Garnacha (or Grenache) is usually peppery, zesty and loaded with fresh raspberry fruit. This one exudes fresh aromas of black cherries and crushed raspberries. In the mouth, it’s soft and round, with ripe red raspberry and cherry fruit plus a light touch of toasty oak.
Robert Oatley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River, Australia) $14.99
This Aussie Cabernet offers scents of fresh cherry, blackcurrant and pipe tobacco, plus a smoky nuance after some aeration. On the palate, rich dark fruit flavors are edged by juicy acidity and a hint of pepper spice.
Zaca Mesa 2011 Estate Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley) $17.99
Zaca Mesa specializes in producing Rhone-style wines; they were the first to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County way back in 1978. This wine shows a vivid blackberry, white pepper and mocha character, with notes of dried sage. It’s a perfect match with hearty grilled and roasted meat dishes.
Tres Sabores 2013 ¿Por qué no? (Napa Valley) $24.99
¿Por que no? is the quintessential party, picnic, barbecue or bistro red, thanks to the spirited joy it brings to the palate. A blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah along with splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it’s a zesty, fruity and very tasty quaffer.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Altesino 2012 Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) $59.99
This Brunello opens with aromas of ripe dark fruits edged with smoky spice, with a hint of dried flowers in the background. It’s a richly flavorful wine on the palate, with blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit plus elements of anise and menthol. A fine, velvety mouthfeel carries this along to a refined, lengthy finish.
Licia 2016 Albariño (Rías Baixas, Spain) $14.99
This crisply dry and wonderfully tangy native Spanish white offers delicate scents of citrus, dried flowers and herbs. Vividly etched white peach, pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors mingle on the palate. A fresh and lively acidity carries this along to a long, clean, mouthwatering finish.
Mumm Napa Brut Blanc de Blancs (Napa Valley) $24.99
On the nose this Napa Valley sparkler offers a bracing blend of fresh golden apples, ripe pear, lime zest, melon and white blossoms. 36 months of ‘sur-lies’ aging in bottle brings out nuances of warm brioche, crème brulée, toasted nuts and vanilla bean.
Grove Selections Triple Berri Red (New Mexico) $11.99
Triple Berri is an enticing red wine blended only from the all-natural juices of three of the world’s foremost ‘super-fruits’. Sweet, juicy tropical acai berries and ripe blackberries combine with tart cranberries to create a soft, semi-sweet red that makes a really delicious aperitif.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364